Free Opportunities for Young Musicians in NOLA

New Orleans Notes for Notes studio

Notes for Notes is a non-profit organization dedicated to “providing youth with completely free access to music instruments, instruction and recording studio environments so that music may become a profoundly positive experience in their lives”. This national non-profit has music studios in 11 cities, including one at the Boys and Girls Club within the NORD Rosenwald Recreation Center, 1140 S. Broad St., New Orleans.

The New Orleans studio is a drop-in recording studio environment where youth (6-18+yrs) can gain regular, free access to a wide variety of musical instruments, expert instruction, and the tools to create and record their own music. The studio offers a knowledge base of engineering, instrumentals, theory, and songwriting, ingrained in a culture conducive to collaboration and communication.

Notes for Notes Program Director, Devin Minix

Devin Minix is the program’s  new Director. He is a recent graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in both Music Media and Jazz Studies. With this education came a diverse range of pursuits including: composition, performance, film scoring, teaching, and production. During this time, he also became the President of the student-led record label on campus, Ragin’ Records, where he and his team put on many concerts, promoted new artists, and discovered new and exciting talent.

As a high school student, this New Orleans native benefited from several local youth-focused programs, including Trombone Shorty Academy, Tipitina’s Internship Program and N.O.C.C.A. He now works to give back to the community that inspired him to develop as an artist and a person. He credits in-part “the teachers and faculty at Tipitina’s Foundation” as inspiration to continue his focus on music in his undergraduate studies.   In this position, he hopes to develop, educate, and promote young artists in the community from different backgrounds. In his spare time, he continues with his personal creativity working on his second album.

House of Blues Music Forward Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization “dedicated to accelerating leadership skills for youth using music as the bridge to success.” Focusing on young people ages 12-22 in under-served communities, Music Forward Foundation sets the stage for success by providing workshops and showcases to kick-start musical careers, and inspire the next generation of music industry leaders.

Their programs include Bringing Down the House, where talented musicians, ages 13-19, connect with music industry insiders through interactive workshop sessions and showcase their talent on legendary stages nationwide. Bringing Down the House culminates in a FREE live show on a legendary stage. They also offer a U.S. Concerts Scholarship Program, designed to increase opportunity for a diverse range of students to achieve educational heights studying entertainment and music-related careers and All Access,  a VIP backstage pass to learn about coveted gigs in the music industry. Youth are invited to tour live entertainment venues and discover careers in the music industry that don’t require being on stage to be a star.

Heritage School of Music – is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s signature education program. Their fully-renovated facility includes seven state-of-the-art classrooms outfitted for music instruction, plus a 200-seat auditorium and a recording studio. Applications are open now for new students to join the 2018-2019 season of their free education program, open to kids ages 8 to 17 from throughout the region. Applications for HSM Beginners are due Aug. 1. Applications for the Heritage School are due Sept. 1.